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Abus driver charged with 11 counts each of rape was de­nied bail by the Navua Mag­is­trates Court yes­ter­day. Par­men­dra Maharaj, 37, on var­i­ous oc­ca­sions be­tween May 17 and June 29 al­legedly raped a 16-yearold stu­dent. Maharaj ap­peared be­fore Mag­is­trate Seinileba Le­vaci. De­fence lawyer Mohammed Afzal Khan asked the court to re­lease his client on bail be­cause he has a pros­thetic leg which needs med­i­cal at­ten­tion twice a day to pre­vent any in­fec­tion. Mr Khan also said his client would not in­ter­fere with the pros­e­cu­tion wit­nesses be­cause he comes from a rep­utable fam­ily.

Po­lice Pros­e­cu­tor Di­vi­sional Pros­e­cu­tion Of­fi­cer Nasario Fisi ob­jected to bail and told the court that the case was of pub­lic in­ter­est and also for the protection of the community it would be in the in­ter­est of the ac­cused to be re­manded in cus­tody. Ms Le­vaci de­nied bail and be­cause it was an in­dictable of­fence the mat­ter has been trans­ferred to the High Court in Suva. The court has been ad­journed to July 14. Edited by Naisa Koroi

Par­men­dra Maharaj out­side Navua Mag­is­trate Court yes­ter­day. Photo: Vil­imoni Va­ganalau

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